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January 2017 19 N e a r b y A t t r a c t i o n s A public statue honors Otis Redding, one of several music legends who have called Macon home. downtown area. One of those is the refurbished 319-seat, circa-1921 Douglass Theatre, where Otis Redding was discovered in the 1950s. Another classic, the 1883 Grand Opera House once hosted Charlie Chaplin. It now presents Broadway plays and the Macon Symphony. Nearby Attractions About 25 minutes south of Macon in Warner Robins, the Museum of Aviation, the second-largest museum in the Air Force, is an off-site venue with a 240-seat auditorium and a spacious static exhibit, "Century of Flight," where 500 can meet and eat surrounded by his- toric airplanes. With space for 150, Hangar 1 features Vietnam-era planes, including a helicopter in which adults and kids can sit. "Recently, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the SR-71 setting the world speed record in 1976," said Karen Ross, the museum's events coor- dinator. "The guys who flew it climbed back up into the plane and got to talk with other SR-71 pilots. We're here to bring those stories to life." A great place for a group to get out into nature, Ocmulgee National Monument, with a small meeting room and picnic tables, interprets Native American history from 17,000 years ago through 3 million arti- facts and North America's only reconstructed earth lodge. Later history abounds in a visitor must-see, the 1853 Cannonball House, the only home in Macon hit and damaged during the Civil War. It features fine period furnishings and a war museum. "People who haven't been to Macon in the past five years are in for a treat," said Payne-Ward. "It's an exciting time for folks to visit and meet here."